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Winxnet Recognized as Top Managed Services Provider
Posted on March 30, 2015

PORTLAND, MaineMarch 30th, 2015 — Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in Portland, Maine was recently named to Penton Technology's eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world's top 501 managed service providers (MSPs). The complete 501 list is currently available on the MSPmentor site. Winxnet was ranked 110 on the list of 501 managed service providers (MSPs), up from 133 in 2014.

"It is an honor to be recognized as one of the world's top managed service providers for the second year in a row," said Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet. "We continue to see significant demand in 2015 for our Best-In-Class IT outsourcing and Managed Service offerings provided by some of the best technology minds in the industry."

Each year, MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in our annual survey. The survey was conducted from December 2014 through January 2015. Rankings are based on Penton Technology's unique criteria for MSPs such as annual recurring revenues, total revenues and more. "We want to congratulate Winxnet and look forward to covering their growth strategies in the year ahead," said Marcia Parker, Executive Director, Penton Technology Group.

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3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Managed Security
Posted on 3/11/2015 12:10:49 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

You have no doubt heard me rant and rave about developing your information security program, the changing threats businesses face on a daily basis, and different ways to make your data more secure. Today I am here to give you three solid reasons why a Managed Security Service can help you meet your business objectives.

Information security is a complex and rapidly evolving field. Not many businesses can afford to have a dedicated, knowledgeable security specialist on staff. While many organizations would usually need a few hours of expertise per week, it is nearly impossible to hire a part-time resource, as they are very much in demand right now. Enter the idea of outsourcing your security functions with a proven Managed Security Service. Here are three reasons why every small and medium sized business needs to invest in this:

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Are You Ready for Windows Server 2003 End of Life?
Posted on 12/16/2014 2:00:05 PM by Jared Simms

Windows Server 2003 (including Windows Server 2003 R2) support is ending on July 14th, 2015. In short, this means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing patches or security updates for this operating system (OS). To put this in perspective, even though Windows Server 2003 has been in extended support since 2010, Microsoft still released 37 critical updates in 2014 alone to address specific bugs and security threats. In order to keep your environment running as securely and efficiently as possible, the time to migrate to new servers is now. You're going to need a plan.

1.  Wait, what does "End of Life" mean? It sounds serious. It is. End of support for Windows Server 2003 R2 and 2003 Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 means there will be no more updates or patches from Microsoft to support this OS and thus, making compliance with industry specific standards and regulations impossible. No piece of technology -- software or hardware -- is a "set it and forget it" model. Mainstream support for Server 2003 ended in 2010 but Microsoft continued to release security updates as bugs and new threats were uncovered during the extended support phase, which kept Server 2003 R2 and SBS 2003 as secure as Microsoft could make this eleven year-old operating system.

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In this issue:
March 2015
Winxnet Recognized as Top Managed Services Provider
3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Managed Security
Are You Ready for Windows Server 2003 End of Life?
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On the Moves:

Lori Norman
Lori Norman joins Winxnet as an Executive Assistant in the company's Methuen office. Lori brings an Associate's degree in Business and over 20 years of administrative experience working as a Virtual Assistant, Sales/Marketing Administrator, and an Executive Assistant. Lori's experience and commitment to providing the best service will help Winxnet as the company continues its rapid growth.

Kemal Azis
Kemal Azis joins Winxnet as an Application Consultant in the Portland Office. Before joining Winxnet, Kemal was a Web Developer and Graduate Student at University of Maine (MSIS program). Kemal's expertise in Database Administration / Development (MCITP SQL Server) and Software Engineering will help Winxnet provide the best in application development support to its growing client base.

Suzanne Murphy
Suzanne Murphy joins Winxnet as a Marketing Assistant. Before Winxnet, Suzanne was a Marketing Coordinator at Element55, a growing start up in Cambridge, MA specializing in legal technology. Suzanne's marketing and technology background will benefit Winxnet as it continues its rapid growth.

About Winxnet
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With offices throughout the Eastern United States, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.
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